How To Outwit Temptation ~ Sri Paramahansa Yogananda

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Post by Sarveswara on Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:09 pm

MAN'S ETERNAL QUEST



~ Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda ~



How To Outwit Temptation

Satan, or cosmic delusion, is always snaring us through our ignorance. That is how he obstructs God. The Lord could easily destroy Satan, but prefers to overcome him by love. Whenever we choose the divine offerings of eternal joy instead of the passing pleasures of the senses, the Adversary is robbed of his dark power. So it is up to us to cooperate with our Heavenly Father, that the Devil may be vanquished.

Whenever you are slothful and careless, you help Satan to pull you toward this side. Jesus prayed: "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." Temptation is not our own creation; it belongs to the world of Maya, and all men are subject to it. But to enable us to free ourselves, God gave us reason, conscience, and will power.

To give our approval to sinful activities is to find ourselves in trouble. When by our wrong thoughts we fall into the pit of worry, we should pray: "Father, leave us not here, but pull us out through the force of our reason and will. And when we are out, if it is Thy will to test us further, first make Thyself known to us - that we may realize that Thou art more tempting than temptation."

So long as you feel unwilling to deny yourself some particular pleasure that is detrimental to your welfare, you are in the region of Satan; the evil results of succumbing to harmful sense lures will at one time or another overtake you. But if you are convinced that temptation is dangerous to you because it promises happiness and in the end gives sorrow, you can outwit the Devil.

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